Any student in a graduate program will tell you that they are busy. In addition to the demands of attending class, doing research, writing papers, and studying for tests, many have to take care of their wife, children, work, and matters of daily life. While anyone in the world would be dismayed facing such a multitude of tasks, it is no wonder that the added charge of being a living, active, functioning member of the Body bearing responsibility in the church life can be altogether overwhelming.
But Brother Tym Seay shared an encouraging word in the fellowship with the working saints during the winter training: “If it doesn’t work for everyone, then it’s not the God-ordained way.” The reality of the matter is that even in the midst of our extremely busy daily lives, there must be a way to touch the Lord, enjoy Him, and let Him flow out through our contact with our classmates, workmates, labmates, professors, etc.
Brother Witness Lee shed some light on how we can enter into such a living in Elders’ Training, Book 11, chapters 8 and 9. He shared that if we were to visit someone for just 10 minutes a week, that person would be gained within a year, or possibly even half a year. The key is consistency. Brother Witness Lee points out that to contact people leisurely is easy, but to contact them according to a budget and pray for them requires that we have a heart to do it and be desperate. He says that there is no need to talk too much, just go visit them and show an intimate concern for them. In this way, through our consistent visits, they will be gained for the Lord.
Rather than using our busyness as an excuse to not function as we could, we should be encouraged to redeem the time and go on in the midst of our situation. Rather than waiting until after we graduate to pursue the Lord and function in earnest, we should endeavor to do so today. If we cut out just 60 minutes each day – 25 minutes for morning revival, 15 minutes to read the Word, 10 minutes to pray with our companion, and 10 minutes to contact someone (phone calls included), we could bring 5 new ones into the church life each year!
May we all be encouraged to redeem the time in the midst of our busyness, to fight against the usurpation of the world, and to diligently and desperately take care of our life-practices one day at a time for the bearing of fruit and the increase and spread of the churches.